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Senate Race Watch: Nevada

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Shelley Berkley.jpgWe're keeping a close eye on the Senate race in Nevada.

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC-endorsed candidate Rep. Shelley Berkley is in a very tight race against anti-choice incumbent Sen. Dean Heller.

Rep. Berkley is a champion for women's reproductive health and privacy, and we're proud to stand with her in the upcoming election.

Rep. Berkley's opponent Sen. Dean Heller believes that politicians should make women's private health-care decisions for them.

  • Sen. Heller voted twice to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • He voted for a bill that would essentially eliminate insurance coverage of abortion in the new health-care system.
  • Sen. Heller also supported the Blunt amendment which, if passed and enacted into law, would have allowed corporations and insurance companies to refuse to cover birth control and other essential health benefits, including maternity care, HIV/AIDS treatment, and cancer screenings.

Sen. Heller's anti-choice policies are out of touch with the values of Nevada voters.

The Silver State needs a pro-choice leader who will protect women's freedom and privacy and oppose policies that gamble with women's health.

If you have friends in Nevada, make sure they vote for pro-choice Senate candidate Shelley Berkley on November 6.

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Here are some must-read articles that we wanted to make sure we highlighted on our blog.

It's rare that a headline is as accurate as this one, in the following Kansas City Star article: 'Personhood' movement seeks end to abortion

But it's completely true, and it's good to see that mainstream media is taking notice:

"It's an abortion ban by any other name," said Ted Miller, a spokesman with NARAL Pro-Choice America. "They can't sell it to the public by being upfront and honest, so they're using rhetorical deception."

... Pamela Sumners of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri said her organization has been informing its membership about the "personhood" movement.

..."It's always a cause for concern when you have people out there who want to submit fundamental rights of other people to a public vote," she said, adding that it is "fanning these flames of division."

Thank goodness we have the incredible team over at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri on the case.

The Associated Press reported today that the Nevada Supreme Court was set to hear the so-called "personhood" measure appeal:

The Nevada Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about whether an initiative to reshape state abortion law should be allowed on the November ballot.

A group called Personhood Nevada will ask the seven justices Tuesday in Las Vegas to overturn a lower court judge's ruling that the initiative petition is vague and violates state law limiting a ballot question to one subject.

The initiative would amend the state Constitution to define "personhood" as beginning at conception.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and others argue the initiative hides its real intent _ to ban abortions and restrict common forms of birth control.

An immediate ruling isn't expected. But the court has fast-tracked the case to allow for a May 18 deadline for qualifying initiatives on the November ballot.

This story comes just a little over a week after we learned that anti-choice groups collected enough signatures to get a so-called "personhood" measure on this November's ballot in Colorado. You'll recall that NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado led other pro-choice groups in defeating an almost identical measure in 2008. But, they're back...and they show no sign of leaving Colorado or any other state, for that matter, alone.

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